Across Two Seas: Cooperation among Social Science Scholars of Poland and Kazakhstan

A collection of research papers by Polish, Kazakh and Lithuanian authors dedicated to the formation and development of modern Kazakhstan was published in 2016. The collection examines a wide range of historical, legal, political, economic, ecological, ethno-confessional and cultural issues. Some of the articles are written in Russian, some in Polish, the rest in English. The publication of the collection shows the interest in Poland towards Kazakhstan – a country where tens of thousands of Poles have been thrown at various times, and where the Polish diaspora still exists.

«Humanitarians at War»: Assessing The Role of The International Committee of The Red Cross In The Immediate Aftermath of WWII

The book under review is written by Gerald Steinacher, a researcher from Nebraska-Lincoln University and deals with the analysis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) activities in the period of 1944-1950. Using a variety of sources (archives, newspaper articles, reports and personal notes by ICRC representatives), the author attempts to demonstrate how the ICRC was trying to overcome a serious moral, organizational and financial crisis it found itself in: because of its failures to respond to the Holocaust and its activities to assist the former Nazis, it not only compromised its reputation and status, but also lost credibility in the eyes of the leading states of that time.

Russian Embassy Churches and Priest During the Reign of Nicholas I

The article is devoted to activity of orthodox priests in Russian embassies and missions. All Russian embassies in Europe had churches and family chapels with the personnel. They sub-mitted to ambassadors or heads of Russian missions, were accountable to the Russian Foreign Ministry that paid them salary. Most of the Holy Synod also controlled them. During the reign of Nicholas I the priests were appointed to those eastern countries with whom Russia wanted to open up diplomatic relations.

Catholic Political Doctrine During the World Wars

The subject of the study is the perception of political ideologies, movements and parties development problems by the Catholic Church, during the period of the First and Second World War. The object of the study is the Catholic political doctrine during the pontificate of Benedict XV, Pius XI and Pius XII. The author pays special attention to the key encyclical – Quadragesimo Anno, published in the 40th year after Rerum Novarum, as well as the influence that the Church has had on the formation of the post-war political system of European countries. Such methods as dialectical, logical, comparative, systemic, and a number of others are widely used in the article.

Evolution of The Phenomenon of Citizenship in The Context of Historical Development of The Western Europe

This article analyzes the history of the development of the phenomenon of citizenship in Western Europe, from Antiquity to the Modernity. The analysis uses the binary opposition method, which is the basis for including individuals in or out of citizenship. The citizenship of Ancient Greece was of an elitist nature, sharply distinguishing citizens from the rest of the population. The basis for inclusion / exclusion was the binary oppositions “civilized – barbarians”, “free – dependent “, “possessing land ownership – not possessing such”, “adults – minors”, as a result only a small part of the population had the rights of citizens.

“Sovietization” of Western Belorussia: A Comparative Study of Assimilation and Integration Policies

The topicality of the article is determined by many contemporary ethnic conflicts in different parts and regions of the world, including the conflict in Ukraine. The article’s study base is formed by modern Russian, Byelorussian and Polish, researches and historical sources. One of the main features of the emerging ethnic conflict in the Polish-Byelorussian borderland in the first half of the XX century, which had significantly influenced its development was the rivalry between two different cultural centers “west-oriented” Warsaw and Moscow as part of a greater “Russian World”.

“Bykhov Period” of Russian General Kornilov

The end of August 1917 was marked by a dramatic event, which influenced a lot the future of the Russian state. It is the case of the so-called «Kornilov revolt» – undertaken by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief General L.G. Kornilov, who attempted to send troops to Petrograd in order to establish military order in the capital. Kornilov’s action was unsuccessful. Together with his closest associate she was arrested and sent to a small Belarusian town of Old Bykhov, located near Mogilev, where the headquarters was located.

De-Colonizing the Boundaries of The Central Asia

The discourse of “borders” and decolonisation in the context of Central Asia has been a path unexplored until this moment, therefore a “startup” approach is logical. This “border” is a phenomenon that continuously shapes and transforms itself, therefore giving new light to the understanding of history and culture of Central Asia. This guiding principle influences the relationships that are built between close and distant neighbors on the planet. The other side opposite of this the notion is that of a modern state, that does not tolerate the lack of an identity; it requires one to cement a belonging to a certain geographical unit. The history of “modern and national” is articulated through the juxtaposition of “I” and “Other” (“outside of the border”).

Institutional Changes and Political Stability in the Kyrgyz Republic

The article analyzes the impact of 2016 amendments to the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic on maintaining and strengthening of political stability in the country, which was the official goal of the amendments. The author focuses on new elements in the sphere of division of powers between the head of state, the prime minister, and the legislative power. There are two aspects to the analysis: the normative and the empirical. The main analytical tool was the model of relationship between presidents and assemblies, devised by M. S. Shugart and J. M. Carey.